Visited here today during a perfectly-timed break in the rain. The stone stands just off the road in front of the timeshare complex – you can’t miss it, it’s right next to a huge blue sign! The stone is a fairly regular cuboid in shape, but the top has a point to it. Standing behind the stone (with the timeshare behind you) you’ll notice something striking – the top of the stone appears to mirror the shape of Schiehallion‘s peak. Checking the compass shows that Schiehallion is exactly to the SE.
There is a plaque affixed to the stone which suggests the stone may have been moved in some way by builders many years ago, but it seems to imply that it was re-erected in it’s original position, so it’s alignment with Schiehallion may have been unaffected.
Legend has it that a travelling packman sat down in the shade of this standing stone one hot summer’s day, and as he threw off his pack, it fell behind the stone and he was strangled by the straps.
A plaque has been fixed to it describing the origin of it’s name. The plaque says:
(The Pedlar’s Stone)
Although throughout the Highlands there were many such resting used by pedlars to unburden themselves of their pack – normally carried on the back and supported by a strap around the forehead – this stone azquired notoriety when a pedlar’s pack slipped off the stone whilst he was adjusting the forehead strap which went round his neck and strangled him.
Re-erected 26th Febraury 1981
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OS Map for Clach a' Mharsainte
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Alternative names for Clach a' Mharsainte
Clach a Mharsanda; Clach a Mharscin; Clach-a-Mharslin; Merchant's Stone; Pedlar's Stone